Today many of us in the Bay Area attended a protest to demand justice for Oscar Grant, the unarmed young man killed by BART police a few days ago. I followed the protest as it went into Downtown Oakland, growing into a critical mass. The police fired gas and rubber bullets into the crowd, and repeated their ruthless campaign of aggression.
My friend and fellow activist, Adrienne Marie Brown of the Ruckus Society, posted a great story on what we can do to demand police accountability and seize the time to make our voices heard.
She writes: “As I write this there are no less than 6 helicopters circling overhead in downtown Oakland. On the first day of the 10th year since Amadou Diallo was brutally gunned down by police in New York City, Oscar Grant was fatally shot in the back by a BART police officer, and the event was caught on video. As I write this, rumors are flying and media is fanning the riot flames – car and trash fires, police in riot gear and tanks, restaurant windows being smashed, tear gas and rubber bullets being used. We won’t know the full picture till the night is over and the smoke clears, but the story of the successful nonviolent protest earlier this evening has been overshadowed by this angry chaos.” click here to read more
Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza designed a poster about this incident.